Olives on a wooden spoon with brine falling in a drop form
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Make Your Own Olive Juice (Olive Brine): Easy Recipe

You can use this salty brine, with the smell of fresh olives, as a salad dressing or in cocktails! 
Prep Time15 mins
Refrigeration9 hrs
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Olive Juice, Olive Brine
Servings: 1 750 ml bottle
Author: Raksha Hegde


  • 1 cup olives whole or pitted
  • 1 cup water filtered
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp vinegar


  • Wash the olives thoroughly and pierce each one with a toothpick. 
    A wooden bowl of fresh olives on a wooden plank
  • Fill a small jar about 2/3 of the way with the pierced olives.
  • Mix the water, vinegar, and salt in a small bowl to create the brine solution.
  • Add the brine to the jar of olives, to about 80% full.
  • Seal the jar and shake it vigorously. Refrigerate the jar overnight.
  • Shake when removing from the refrigerator. Strain out the olive juice from the jar into another container.
  • Crush the olives in the empty jar, then add them to cheesecloth or a fine filter. Press out the remaining olive juice into the original olive juice mixture. 
    Olives on a wooden spoon with brine falling in a drop form
  • Seal the jar of olive juice and refrigerate until you use it in your favorite salad dressing!
    A woman drizzling olive oil on a green salad in a bowl kept on a white kitchen counter


You can use the crushed olives in pasta sauces, salads, or in sandwiches.